Are You Skipping Steps with Your App? 3 Stepping Stones

The people who’ve changed the way we think about technology—or, in many cases, changed the world with their technology—didn’t always play by the rules.

But if you’re relatively new to the game, or breaking out on your own for the first time, there are certain rules and processes that former innovators helped forge that will help guide your path.

When you’re on your way to launching your first successful app, you should successfully proceed through three main stages of app development in order to ensure that the product you ultimately launch will be the best possible version that you can achieve with your expertise, team strengths, timeline, and budget.

Here are the three stages you absolutely should include in your production schedule:

POC. Your Proof-of-Concept (POC) phase is the earliest and one of the most important. It begins when you have an idea for your product—but before you go further. You need to make sure that your idea is going to hold up: for investors, for your future users, for the engineers who will be tasked with successfully executing it. A reliable and affordable way to test your concept before moving forward is by using Eyece to connect with worldwide Domain Experts. You can get immediate feedback from diverse perspectives about whether they’d be interested in your idea, how they’d use it, what devices they’d be likely to install your app on, and more. This will also give you valuable data to bring back to your potential investors when you do move forward. Eyece helps you put the “proof” in “Proof-of-Concept.”

Prototype. Once your concept has proven itself sustainable, you’re ready to create your prototype. A prototype doesn’t need to be a fully functioning version of your app; you should begin by creating the areas that are going to need the most work to ensure they’ll be feasible, as well as the most testing. You’ll want the prototype to offer minimal interactivity as you begin bringing your business plans and concept designs to life. The things that made perfect sense on paper might not work out exactly as planned, and now is the time to make tweaks based on discoveries, new ideas, and real limitations. This phase is not about creating your final product, it’s about retooling and finalizing what your final product will be.

MVP. From the prototype, you’ll take all of the parts that work and continue to build out your Minimum Viable Product (MVP). The is the first functioning version of your app. It won’t be a complete beta version of the product, but it will provide a fleshed-out UX/UI that you can put in user hands for exploratory and testing purposes. This product will also give your next round of investors something tangible to consider, while showing former investors what they supported. Really, the most productive use of your MVP is the ability to conduct usability testing and perform validated learning processes, all of which can be carried out with Eyece.

If you fly through all of these stages and meet your expectations—and the expectations of real users in the real world, as validated by feedback and trials on Eyece—then you’ll be able to proceed with immense confidence as you get ready to launch your new app.

Test all three stages with a variety of users and testing options that you can fully customize along the way when you choose Eyece.

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